8:33 am - Friday - December 1st - Grand Canyon - 37º F, 55 % humidity, wind 1 mph out of the southwest.....partly cloudy with a forecast high of 59º F.
We wanted to get an early start on our drive down to Flagstaff, but didn't get away until after 9:30 am......we haven't been outside the friendly confines of the GC since we arrived 3 weeks ago. As we cruised southward on SR-64 the skies had this leaden quality to them as clouds covered them from horizon to horizon. It is essentially all down hill from the eastern entrance to the Grand Canyon.....in a little over 27 miles you descend from approximately 7,400' elevation all the way to just over 4,200' elevation in Cameron, AZ where we made a right hand turn on to US-89 for the final 50+ miles into Flagstaff where we would again find ourselves over 7,000' elevation.
We arrived in Flagstaff after an uneventful drive around 11 am where our first stop was at the local 'Savers Thrift Store'.....we previously visited another 'Savers' in Salt Lake City in mid October, and were very impressed with the quality of their merchandise.....we were not disappointed in this branch of the same store. TLE and I found a few things without which we believed we could not live, and then it was on to the local Goodwill where TLE found a nice pair of pants......in all we spent less than $17.
TLE's sister, Phyllis, happened to be in Flagstaff visiting her daughter and grand daughter so we arranged to meet her for lunch around 12 pm at a local craft beer place called 'The Lumberyard' (Yelp gives them 4 stars on over 900 reviews) which is just off Route 66 on San Francisco Street. Phyllis and I ordered their BLAT (Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado and Bacon) sandwich, and for TLE I cannot remember. We all had a pint of their Pumphouse Porter, which was exquisite. The conversation flowed for almost two hours before we decided we needed to get on with our shopping spree in Flagstaff....we still had to do a major grocery shopping at Walmart and the local Safeway....it's been over a month since we really stocked up and our pantry was beginning to look pretty bare.....